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Dr. Eric Hunt

Dr. Eric Hunt,
Research Fellow

Dr. Eric Hunt is a Research Fellow at the Center for Climate and Security, where he looks at national, environmental, and food security risks from climate change and hydrometeorological extremes. Eric is a Staff Scientist in the Research and Development division of Verisk Atmospheric and Environmental Research, where his research focuses on the monitoring and prediction of drought/flash drought and its impacts to agriculture and water resources. Eric recently led a paper with co-founders Francesco Femia and Caitlin Werrell on the impact of the 2010 Russia flash drought on food security. Eric received his Ph.D. in Natural Resources Sciences in 2015 from the University of Nebraska.

New Analysis from the Center for Climate and Security – Ten Years After its Founding

By Francesco Femia and Caitlin Werrell

The Center for Climate and Security (CCS) has been producing cutting-edge analysis on the security risks of climate change since its founding ten years ago – back when few were paying attention to this dimension of national and international security. Today, climate security risks are unfortunately on the rise across the world, and the need for continued analysis (and urgent policy action) on the issue has never been greater. In this context, the CCS team continues to deliver informed warnings about the state of climate security, and to offer solutions. Here is a list of notable output from CCS, and its experts, over the past few months.


Feeding Resilience: A Review of Policies at the Intersection of Climate Change, Food Security and National Security Policy

A CCS Report by Patricia Parera and Brigitte Hugh
Edited by Tom Ellison and Francesco Femia

Executive Summary

This report is the first of a new initiative by The Center for Climate and Security (CCS) dedicated to shining a light on the U.S. national security benefits of addressing climate change, food insecurity, and stability together. The report begins by outlining the global state of play on food security, followed by a preliminary assessment of existing U.S. initiatives that could be scaled up to increase the impact of the government’s response to climate change, food insecurity, and national security. Currently, policies and interventions often include two of the focus areas but are rarely scoped to consider all three. Thus, this landscape assessment focuses on three current nexus areas: (1) food insecurity and national security, (2) food insecurity and climate change, and (3) climate change and national security.

Following are preliminary key findings and policy recommendations considered to be a priority for policymaking action.

Read, Watch, Listen: CCS Across the Web | March 2022

By Brigitte Hugh

Welcome to Read, Watch, Listen from the Center for Climate and Security (CCS), a monthly round-up highlighting some of the articles, interviews, and podcasts featuring the CCS network of experts.  

This month, our experts were largely focused on the crisis in Ukraine and how it might intersect with a changing climate and policies to address it. In addition to the CCS briefer on the topic, experts were featured in print and on the air talking about the climate connections, from the energy transition to food security.

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